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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal.

This partnership has enabled us to create public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection. Mr. Leventhal envisioned that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. In support of this goal we have created an engaging web presence and exhibits that are free to the public and archived on our website. Our state-of-the-art preservation program will ensure our map heritage for future generations.

In the brief years since the founding of the NBLMC, we have launched a website, conserved and cataloged thousands of maps, sorted and properly stored thousands more, hired the library's first professional Map Curator in more than forty years, created and distributed free curricular materials for middle and high school teachers, toured thousands of Boston area students through the maps, mounted three major gallery exhibits, and planned for a permanent, state-of-the-art Map and Study Center to be located on the third floor of the BPL's historic McKim Building in Copley Square, Boston.

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Topics & Subjects
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Pilot guides
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Tides
42
Geography
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Nautical charts
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Historical geography
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Geography, Ancient
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American Libraries
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Boston Public Library
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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19OMHS72 Favorites
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Christian25000 Favorites
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Saltiel Favorites
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u.s. coast and geodetic survey
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mitchell, s. augustus (samuel augustus), 1792-1868
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bartholomew, j. g. (john george), 1860-1920
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bartholomew, john, 1831-1893
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w. & a.k. johnston limited
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c.s. hammond & company
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English
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French
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by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598; Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius); Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568. Mona druidum insula
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Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Geography
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by Freytag, Gustav, 1852-1938; Freytag, Berndt und Artaria
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1526.1893
Source: folio
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo; Silvani, Bernardo; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon (Q8 recto); most copies have the misprint "Argentoragi"
Topics: D'Angelo, Jacopo, Geography
Source: folio
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by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638; Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673
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Seconde partie. Dated 1650
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Source: folio
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Source: folio
Below imprint: Cum privilegio
Topics: Hydrographic surveying, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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Topics: Historical geography, Economic geography
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Source: folio
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by George Philip & Son; Edinburgh Geographical Institute
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by Vogel, Karl, 1828-1897
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Pages [1]-76a of text, in German, Italian, French, English, and Spanish, numbered in duplicate
Topics: Catholic Church, Catholic Church, Ecclesiastical geography
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Index has title page: Alphabetishches namenverzeichnis zur neunten, von grund aus neubearbeiteten und neugestochenen auflage von Stielers hand-atlas
Topics: Atlases, Atlases, German
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Engraved title page
Topics: Atlases, Ocean, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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by Gomme, George Laurence, 1853-1916; Stanford, Edward, 1827-1904
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1265.3.1911
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664; Keere, Pieter van den, 1571-ca. 1646; Goos, Abraham
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Topic: Atlases, Dutch
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Source: folio
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by Andree, Richard, 1835-1912
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Index to Andrees allgemeiner handatlas
Topics: Atlases, Indexes
Signatures: [*]¹A-C². 12 p. text with index
Topics: Charts, diagrams, etc, Nautical charts, Pilot guides
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 10.4.1890
Topic: Atlases, British
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. New England States
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Atlas published 1896. Supplement published 1897
Topic: Geography
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Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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"A brief survey of the coinages of Asia, by J. Allan": p. 97-128
Topic: Coinage
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by Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain)
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Includes index
Topics: Missions, Ecclesiastical geography
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Espenhorst, J. Petermann's planet
Topic: Historical geography
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Saltonstall, Wye, fl. 1630-1640; Cotes, Thomas, d. 1641; Sparke, Michael, d. 1645; Cartwright, Samuel, d. 1650
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Folded plate of New England signed "Simon Passeus sculpsit" and with imprint "London printed by Iames Reeue
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Political geography
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by Smith, George Adam, 1856-1942; Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 992.S5.1915
Topics: Bible, Bible
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; Ticknor, William Davis, 1810-1864
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Engraved t.p
Topics: Atlases, World maps
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Source: folio
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Topic: Geography
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Scudder, Myron T. (Myron Tracy), 1860-1935. New York
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Edition statement on front cover
Topic: Geography
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by Times Publishing Company (London, England); George Philip & Son
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
Topic: Commercial geography
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1994.S5.C2.1906
Topics: Catholic Church, Missions
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Roth, Bernard, 1852-1915
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1976.B2.1923A
Topics: Literary landmarks, Coinage
At head of title: The handy book with the big maps
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by Butler, Samuel, 1774-1839; Hall, Sidney; Weller, Edward, d. 1884, engraver; Longmans, Green, and Co; Spottiswoode & Co
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Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Shanghai Yuan Dong di li xue hui; Dingle, Edwin John; Fruin, Harold John
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Inset map: Hainan
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Source: folio
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; American Stationers' Company
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Topic: Atlases
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by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). General Literature Committee; Clark, Samuel; Grove, George, 1820-1900
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Plate II bound facing p. 16
Topics: Bible, Geography, Ancient
Date estimated from other publications advertised
Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography
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by Muirhead, Findlay, 1860-1935, ed
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The appendix (detachable booklet of 74 pages) has cover-title: ... Appendix. Cabs, omnibuses, tramways & underground railways, and plans of London with street index
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Topic: Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Lobeck, Tobias; Lotter, Tobias Conrad, 1717-1777; Wagner, Joh. Mich. (Johann Michael), d. 1821; Eichler, Gottfried, 1715-1770
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Date of imprint suggested by Phillips
Topics: Geography, Atlases, German
Includes index and advertisements
Topic: Roads
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by Hartford Rubber Works Company
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Includes index
Topics: Automobile travel, Roads
Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1010.2.M6
Topics: Bible, Classical geography, Classical geography in literature, Geography, Ancient, Historical...
Source: folio
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by Long, George, 1800-1879, ed; Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Sherman, G. E; Sheldon & Company (New York, N.Y.); Blanchard & Lea; Henry Seibert & Bros
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography, Historical geography
Source: folio
"August 1881."
Topics: Real property, Cities and towns
Source: folio
Includes engraved illustrated title page containing table of contents (1 folded leaf)
Topic: Atlases, British
Source: folio
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Source: folio
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by De Brahm, John Gerar William, 1717-ca. 1799
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Attributed to John William Gerar De Brahm
Topics: Pilot guides, Nautical charts
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Brooke, G. C. (George Cyril), 1884-
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"A brief survey of the coinage of Africa and Australasia from the earliest times to the present day; by G.C. Brooke": p. 67-92
Topic: Coinage
Includes index
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Walker, Eric A. (Eric Anderson), 1886-1976
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 988.W2.1922
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1970.L2.1886R
Topic: Historical geography
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by John Murray (Firm)
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Map in pocket
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by Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Adam and Charles Black (Firm)
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Nineteen of the maps relate to America. cf. Phillips, Philip L. A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, no. 410
Topic: Geography
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Includes index
Topic: Atlases
Source: folio
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
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by Putzger, F. W. (Friedrich Wilhelm), 1849-1913; Baldamus, Alfred, 1856-1908; Schwabe, Ernst
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Maps also on verso of some leaves
Topic: Historical geography
Date of publication from preface
Topics: Counties, Counties